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Mascara Tips You Must Try this Christmas

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Mascara is a cosmetic commonly used to enhance the eyes. It may darken, thicken, lengthen, and/or define the eyelashes. Normally in one of three forms—liquid, cake, or cream—the modern mascara product has various formulas; however, most contain the same basic components of pigments, oils, waxes, and preservatives.

SAFETY

Proper use of mascara includes disposal of tube and brush after three months. Mascara should also be disposed of if found to smell different, strange, or especially pungent. It is unlikely and unusual, but mascara does have the capability to grow bacteria. Because of this and the nature of its usage, people using mascara have a slight risk of eye infection or conjunctivitis, but this is rare.

Bend the brush of the mascara wand so it’s easier to maneuver. As you pull the wand out of the tube, gently bend the tip so it’s perpendicular to the handle. This new shape will make the brush easier to control and get to the harder-to-reach areas, like the tiny hairs toward the inner corner of your eye, when applying multiple coats of mascara to both your upper and lower lash lines.

Wipe off excess mascara on a tissue to prevent clumps. A brand new bottle of mascara can transfer a lot of extra product on the wand for the first few uses, causing clumpy lashes. So before your first coat, glide the brush over a napkin or tissue to remove any excess formula.

Keep your lashes curled longer by wiggling the brush back and forth at the base of your lashes, and then swiping to the tips. If you coat your lashes evenly, it will weigh down the tips of the hairs, causing your lashes to straighten out after a few minutes. The best way to hold a curl is to apply a thicker coat of mascara at the root of your lashes and a lighter one toward the ends. You can achieve this by wiggling the wand back and forth at the base, and then lightly combing through to the tips.

Layer waterproof mascara on top of your regular formula to make your mascara last longer and make it easier to remove at the end of the day. Waterproof formula is great at holding curl and keeping your mascara from smearing throughout the day, but because it’s so difficult to remove, try applying your normal mascara first and finishing with a coat of waterproof.

Coat both sides of your lashes to thicken them. If you have thin or light-colored lashes, coat both sides by alternating between looking up and looking down while applying mascara. That way, the hairs are fully covered and appear much thicker.

Hold the brush at a horizontal angle if you want thick lashes, or turn it vertically for a more natural finish. The way you hold the brush when applying your mascara can make a huge difference. Holding the brush horizontally and wiggling it back and forth will give you voluminous lashes, while holding it vertically and running the tip of the brush along the length of your lashes will leave you with a longer, more natural look.

Soak your mascara tube in a cup of hot water to make the formula liquid-y instead of clumpy. This will make the formula thinner and easier to apply. If you’re down to the bottom of your mascara tube and it hasn’t reached its three-month expiration date (you should always toss your mascara after three months to prevent any eye infections), try setting a closed tube of mascara in hot water to loosen the product from the sides so you can use every last bit.

Hold a spoon underneath your eye when applying mascara on your lower lashes to avoid getting marks on your skin. Place a spoon below your eye with the curved side facing out, and then apply your mascara like you normally would to your lower lashes. That way, the mascara will land on the back of the spoon rather than your skin. This trick also works when applying mascara on your upper lashes.

Swipe an eyeliner brush over your mascara wand, and then use the formula on your liner brush to trace your upper (and lower, if you so desire) lash lines for a gel liner finish.

Dust baby powder over your eyelashes between the first and second coats of mascara to plump up your lashes. Translucent powder or baby powder has grip, so it will stick to your lashes in between each coat of mascara, making your lashes appear more voluminous. Try out this tip using this tutorial.

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Resident Chief Editor, Signature Reporter. Teniolami is an accomplished makeup artist and beauty therapist with almost 10years experience in the beauty industry. She is a full-time Beauty Business Coach, Brand & Product Developer, Educator and a soon to-be published Beauty Author

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